AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 13: Adam Reynolds of the Rabbitohs in action during the round 23 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Mount Smart Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have extended the contract of halfback Adam Reynolds for a further four years, meaning he will be wearing the red and green until at least the end of the 2021 season.

Reynolds, 26, is a South Sydney junior who has risen through the ranks of the Harold Matthews Cup (under 16s), SG Ball Cup (under 18s) and Holden Cup (under 20s) to play 113 NRL matches for South Sydney to date.

Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire says to have Reynolds’ signature secured long term further solidifies his squad as they build for the future.

“Adam has been one of the key leaders in our team and is really influential in our playing group as a leading figure alongside players like Inglis, Sutton, Clark, Sam Burgess and Goodwin,” Coach Maguire said.

“He is a huge asset as a mentor to our emerging leaders and has a strong desire to add to the great achievements he has already been a part of with this Club,

Adam Reynolds is one of the elite players in our game. His ability to guide the team around the field, as well as his general play and goal kicking makes him instrumental to our success. Reynolds is hungry, as are the rest of the playing group, for success at this Club.”

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Adam Reynolds is pleased to continue his career with his childhood Club and is excited by what the future will bring for him and the Rabbitohs.

“I grew up in the area and it’s been a real honour to be able to represent the Rabbitohs and to continue representing the Rabbitohs is something I’m really proud of,” said Reynolds.

“I’ve got a lot of great memories of growing up around Redfern and developing into the player I’ve become today. I’m happy that my family and I can remain here and continue representing the community through the Rabbitohs,

“We have a great bunch of boys at this Club and I’m looking forward to what we can achieve in 2017. We finished 2016 strongly and I think we’ve laid a good platform to really challenge in the coming years.”

South Sydney Rabbitohs 2017 Player Movements

2017 Gains
Dean Britt (Melbourne Storm, 2019), Braidon Burns (Penrith Panthers, 2021), Anthony Cherrington (2017), Adam Doueihi (2021), Robbie Farah (Wests Tigers, 2019), Tyrell Fuimaono (Parramatta Eels, 2019), Campbell Graham (2021), Brett Greinke (Mid Season: Brisbane Broncos, 2017), Gabriel Hamlin (2019), Dean Hawkins (2018), Mawene Hiroti (2019), Robert Jennings (Penrith Panthers, 2018), Luke Kelly (Parramatta Eels, 2017), Sitiveni Moceidreke (2017), Robbie Rochow (Newcastle Knights, 2019), Ky Rodwell (2018), Lucky Ta'avale (2018), Tyrone Taukamo (2018), Connor Tracey (Cronulla Sharks, 2019)
2017 Losses
Kirisome Auva'a (Parramatta Eels), Nathan Brown (Parramatta Eels), Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors), Paul Carter (Sydney Roosters), Brock Gray (Sydney Roosters), Chris Grevsmuhl (Gold Coast Titans), Tom Hughes (Newcastle Knights), Luke Keary (Sydney Roosters), Samisoni Langi (Leigh Centurions), Cameron McInnes (St George Illawarra Dragons), Michael Oldfield (Canberra Raiders)
Jason Clark (2020), Damien Cook (2023), Jack Gosiewski (2019), Hymel Hunt (2019), Greg Inglis (2020), Zane Musgrove (2021), Adam Reynolds (2021), Cody Walker (2020)
Off Contract 2019
Dean Britt, George Burgess, Jacob Gagan, Mawene Hiroti, Matt McIlwrick, Mark Nicholls, Bayley Sironen, John Sutton, Tevita Tatola, Connor Tracey, Kyle Turner
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  1. Great news that virtually secures our team for the future and being a local junior is really good, that’s a good spine for the next few years has well once they get Cook on board for longer.

    • penso

      Definitely a big step in the right direction. Like you said, securing Cook is the next top priority. But there are also a lot of good young players Souths have signed recently so things are starting to look a lot brighter for the future.

  2. Yep sure is and 3 hats seems to have his finger on the pulse , hopefully Madge resigns ,and don’t forget about Dave Furner as assistant coach, they say he is the brains behind the cowboys., man it’s looking good for 2017

        • bulldogs71

          Hahahahahaha for a minute there I thought you were showing your true colours (blue & white). 😉

          Hope the Dogs have an injury run… injury free run also. 🙂 Btw, I still think you guys need to rework your whole spine. BMoz (FB), halves??, Reynolds/Garvey (HK). Lichaa isn’t cutting it IMO. Still one of the best forward packs in the comp though.

        • It’s good that he’s pretty much staying for life. I hope he can stay fit next year. B Moz or Abbey fullback with the other one playing on the wing, Reynolds and Mbye as the halves and Garvey as hooker. If not, then Cleeland and Mbye halves and Reynolds hooker. 2018 spine should be B Moz/Abbey, Reynolds, Mbye and Segeyaro. Seggy would be a fantastic signing. Hoping Des changes our style of play next season and gives Lichaa the go ahead to attack and instill some confidence into him because he won’t be let go until his contract ends.

        • bulldogs71

          The Blues will NEED Reynolds as well until Cleary is ready to take over. Reynolds still has a lot of work to do do to get back to his 2014/early 2015 form (thanks James Graham!!!) 😉

    • penso

      “Dave Furner as assistant coach, they say he is the brains behind the cowboys”

      I think Paul Green does deserve some credit. 😉

      Actually Todd Payten was also one of Paul Green’s assistants during the Cowboys premiership year. Payten is already racking up some pretty impressive credentials as a coach in his own right. In 2012 he was the coach of Wests Tigers’ NYC side and took them to the title beating the favourites (Raiders) 46-6 in the grand final. Also in 2013/2014 he coached New South Wales Under-18 team to two successive victories over QLD 56-6 and 24-10. Payten has also coached the Cowboys NYC in 2015.

      If the Tigers were looking to replace Taylor in the near future perhaps they should be looking to one of their own for the job?

      • billy

        In penso’s defence, there is no difference whatsoever (from a Redfern education) between “re-signs” and “resigns” except for the little dashey thing! “-” (the python!)

        • chalky

          I didn’t mean to upset you mate. Just a poor attempt at humour. I was trying to deflect some “heat” from penso who “left his stumps exposed”.

          I’ve spoken plenty of times here how passionate a supporter I am of Madge and literally wouldn’t swap him for ANY other coach in the competition.

          Madge is simply the best signing Souths have made since I have been following the game. He played a massive part in turning the clubs fortunes around and gave Souths the professionalism and discipline they had been lacking for so long.

          If you think I am passionate about the prospect of Souths losing Cook, you should see how I would react if Souths lost Madge!

  3. Ok, i read that in one of those NRL gutter gossip columns, probably that idiot know all Rothfield, anyway it said that he was the best assistant coach in the business, and was the reason the Cowboys are going well, and that he was most sought after, and that the Cowboys did not wish to lose him, maybe i’m a little gullible here, but still reckon he will be a good asset to Souths.

    • penso

      Let’s hope so. But I think Todd Payten’s time will come. He seems to be developing well as a coach and importantly having success to confirm he is on the right track. It would be a shame if the West Tigers missed out on him once he was finally ready to take on a head coaching role in the NRL.

  4. hahahaHA GOOD SIGNING IF YOU LIKWE PLAYERS WHO START Sstruggling when the pressures on … wasting money on that fool when they could of got a more consistant player ..typicaL CROWE …BELIEVE THAT

    • believethis

      “GOOD SIGNING IF YOU LIKWE PLAYERS WHO START Sstruggling when the pressures on”

      You’re right. Those sorts of players don’t get picked for SOO or lead teams to win GF’s or get chased by half the teams in the competition. Good one Harold!

      • believethis

        “GOOD SIGNING IF YOU LIKWE PLAYERS WHO START Sstruggling when the pressures on”

        You’re right. Those sorts of players don’t get picked for SOO or lead teams to win GF’s or get chased by half the teams in the competition. Good one Harold!

  5. SSTID
    Confession time. I am a Kiwi from across the Tasman supporting the Dogs so I am basically the Lone Ranger amoungst a large group of Warriors supporters. I have one question for you. Do you think Farrah was a good signing?

    • bulldogs71

      “Do you think Farrah was a good signing?”

      It depends on two things:

      1. Cook not leaving Souths.
      2. Farah’s attitude and willingness to play wherever is required.

      Farah will ONLY be worth it if Cook stays on and is still part of the 17. I would play Cook at hooker to start the season and Robbie at lock and relief hooker. If Robbie has any attitude problems or starts to create trouble I would cut him immediately. The fact that the Tigers are footing almost 3/4 of his salary and Cook currently is still with Souths are the only reasons I am not totally against.

      If Cook leaves since Robbie will only be there 2 years tops I am worried about Souths lack of depth at hooker. Souths also need Cook not only for added depth at hooker but also for the halves where they are light on ATM.

      I like Souths’ spine just as it is:

      1. Inglis
      6. Walker
      7. Reynolds
      9. Cook

      11. Sutton (left edge second row)
      12. Sam Burgess (right edge send row)
      13. Farah (back up/relief hooker)

      • Not 100% sure about Walker but not a bad spine. Cook deserved a long term chance at 9 but I’m not sure he’ll get it now. I don’t think Farrah was a good signing but we’ll know more in 12 months time.

        • bulldogs71

          “Not 100% sure about Walker”

          Oh, but I am. Are you old enough to remember Cliff Lyons from Manly? He was one of a kind. A very original, creative, flamboyant and clever player that used to mesmerise defences and leave them grasping at thin air or put players through a small hole in the defence and made them look as big as Sydney harbour.

          I have not seen another player like him until Cody Walker. In short IMO Cody Walker is unique ATM. He is unpredictable and can read a game as good as anyone playing. He has good acceleration to get through gaps but his engine turns off after 20 – 30 metres. If supports go with him he will setup try after try next year. He very astute at reading a game and taking an advantage and also has a very good short kicking game.

          If Souths keep can only keep the same spine together next year you will see what I mean. They were already showing signs of what is to come at the back end of the season winning 4 (almost 5) straight!

    • I know you asked SSTD_1970 the question, and I think he answered it very well, but I would like to add, if I may, another point or two.

      When Souths signed Farrah I was gobsmacked. Why? I voiced my opinion to the club, of which I am a Platinum member, and they assured me that Cook will be there in 2017. Farrah will put a few more bums on seats, and may add a little bit more experience to a very experienced pack.

      I think that Farrah can only go down and Cook can only go up. Was Farrah a good signing? At the price he came at it may turn out ok, but only if we keep Cook. Cheers.

  6. Re- signs , yep , ok i messed up there, usually pride myself on my grammar, can someone please decipher what believe this just said, SSTID maybe about time we stopped responding to this idiot’s comments.

    My opinion on the Farah signing, yes i think he will be good especially when the pressure games are on , let’s face it , it is not every day that a club signs a current state of origin player and he will be a far more important player than Cook at this stage, Farah will be very good , a different type of player to Cook and i think Madge already knows how to get the best out of them both.

    • I agree 100% with your comments on Farah.

      You’ve got a very solid next year. A horror run with injuries is the only thing that could keep you out of the finals, and Parra of course.

      • eelsalmighty

        I fully appreciates all the positives Farah brings with him (but also the negatives as well). If Souths only had McInnes for instance I wouldn’t bat an eyelid and would be happy for the signing (especially at that bargain price!) My worry is if Cook leaves and Souths are exposed without a decent replacement hooker.

        3hats advises that Souths have a fair replacement lined up in Brad Deitz (Norths Player of the YEAR 2016) and 2 very good young U20’s Hookers Maia Sands and Phoenix Hunt. Apparently Phoenix Hunt is meant to be similar to Issac Luke but both these kids still need time to mature and a team with no hooker means no chance!

        • I hear you, but I’m going to disagree re McInnes. I actually rate him (as a junior with potential) not that we’re likely to see that potential (and I’m sorry to all the Dragons fans), for a while.

        • eelsalmighty

          It’s OK for us to disagree, no problem. The point I was trying to make was I would have been happy for McInnes to take a back seat to Farah and let Farah drive the bus (if McInnes was at Souths and not Cook). Cook however is a class or two above IMO (and there we may disagree). Cook was already playing his part in a first rate spine at the tail end of this year. I was expecting him (and the team) to even go up a gear or two next year until Farah’s arrival upset the apple cart.

          Btw, I agree McInnes has potential (I said as much on the ZT article following his signing) but he is an entirely different sort of player to Cook. Cook and Walker (since the pre-season and late this year) displayed an understanding of each other and could read and anticipate one another which is also why he is much better suited than McInnes was at Souths. McInnes though is a workhorse and will serve the Dragons well, and is a definite upgrade on Rein.

        • McInnes was the Junior Kangaroos Captain.
          I have great faith in him but he was thrown in before he was ready and burnt out a bit.

          For 1st Grade:
          Phoenix Hunt, about 2019 for him. and Yes he will be better than Issac Luke.
          A big statement, yes, but I believe this to be true!
          Maia Sands probably 2018
          Brad Deitz 2017.
          So when Farah retires we will have 3 Hookers, BUT will they stay?

          Souths always seem to have good Hookers over the years.
          That is the reason we lost Beau Falloon, George Nadira, James Segeyaro, Api Korisau and now Cameron McInnes and Possibly Damien Cook in 2018.

        • 3hats

          Thanks for the update. I really appreciate some accurate inside info regarding Souths junior development. When I was living in Sydney and could get to all the games I had a better idea of all Souths emerging junior talent. Now I am out of the loop and have little idea.

          Btw, I would love to see Api Korisau back at Souths if Cook goes and Manly are favouring Matt Parcell as starting hooker. To be honest I didn’t rate Beau Falloon at all.

    • penso

      “i think Madge already knows how to get the best out of them both.”

      Just as long as we keep them BOTH. Also, just as long as Robbie is a team player and not a “prima donna”.

  7. Thanks eelsalmighty, now that we have Farah lets get excited and stop worrying about Cook , that will sort itself out during the season, it certainly is a solid looking outfit all of a sudden.

  8. Reposting from older Reynolds article:

    “Souths are expecting to sign Eels halfback Luke Kelly as a back up for depth.”

    Souths are in trouble for depth in the halves. Souths recently signed exciting young half Connor Tracey but he has suffered a serious knee injury which will require surgery (this is his third knee reconstruction in three seasons!!).

    Meanwhile Souths are expecting to sign Eels halfback Luke Kelly as a back up for depth. Kelly also had a knee reconstruction in 2016. So ATM when it comes to a backup for Adam Reynolds, Souths literally don’t appear to have a leg to stand on! If Reynolds is unavailable my tip is Cook will move into the halves (if he is still at the club) or Sutton will shift back to 5/8.

    • I don’t know your side that well, but the only weakness, from I do know, could be back ups. And I only say that because there seems to be a lot of money / experience on the field, and I don’t know what sits behind that (your juniors).

      I haven’t seen anything about Kelly leaving the Eels, but I assumed he would. I still think we will buy in a half for next year to partner Norman, and this could also start a WWiii, but I think we will, and should. Back to Kelly, I like him, but he is average. That’s not being negative, but at NRL level he is average (solid, not special).

      He’d be a good back up signing for your halves, better than Cook. I know you rate Cook, but in the halves, now, I wouldn’t.

      • eelsalmighty

        “the only weakness, from I do know, could be back ups”

        That’s what I have been saying. Souths biggest problem is a lack of depth (and that is a serious concern for any football club). Also we have some young and relatively inexperienced outside backs (including the young new talent Souths have signed from the U20’s). All that and persistent injuries to Inglis and Reynolds (even concerns for Sutton, Sam Burgess and Turner) which if any or all go will leave South’s stocks very thin.

        Do you really rate Kelly? I also have the same doubts that you have re Cook in the halves (which was where he started at the Dragons but it HAS been a long time between drinks).

        • Sorry eelsalmighty, just re-read your post and found my answer re Kelly here:

          “Back to Kelly, I like him, but he is average. That’s not being negative, but at NRL level he is average (solid, not special).”

          He shows glimpses of skill and ability but when put under pressure everything falls apart. That is my assessment. But like you say, a solid backup (which is why I believe Souths are looking to sign him until Connor Tracey’s knee comes good (but after 3 knee reconstructions in as many years, it looks doubtful).

        • I like him, he’s worn the blue and gold, and we’ve counted on him when the chips are down. If he signs with the Bunnies, you can do the same. I really feel for him, because this year he had a chance to earn a spot (all the injuries / dramas etc) and was injured. Being perfectly honest I’m not sure he would have earned a a permanent spot, but would have loved to give him that chance. That said, and back to my original comment, I like him, because he has worn the blue and gold, and for that I thank him, and will follow him, and wish him all the best, but I think he is a reserve.

    • Yes, that is the talk about Kelly, I speak regularly with the Author, Nathan Barnes and he asked me a few days ago if there was any truth to the Kelly Rumours?
      I mentioned that there had been a few murmurs but nothing concrete.
      Then this story came out, Kelly will be Cheap and 2nd tier, around $38k to $52k
      but Eli Levido from Balmain originally but playing in Our U20s then for Norths, I expect that Eli may end up in our full-time squad.

  9. The backup weakness at Souths is only on the Wing.
    Souths have 31 players signed up for next season
    A Winger, Half and one more Prop are what is needed!

    My NFL STYLE Depth Chart!
    In Positions order.

    See how we are short of Backs
    We need more wingers/fullbacks
    plus 1 more Prop.
    The Halves may also be a huge problem!

    Backs: (10) 9 are centres. only AJ is NOT!
    01 Greg Inglis…….Damon Goolagong.
    02 Alex Johnston. Braidon Burns.
    03 Hymel Hunt……Siosifa Talakai,
    04 Aaron Gray…… Robert Jennings.
    05 Bryson Goodwin…Dane Nielson

    Halves: (3)
    06 Cody Walker,
    07 Adam Reynolds….Connor Tracey (out injured)
    Hookers: 3
    09 Robbie Farrah, Damien Cook, Brad Deitz.

    Forwards: (15)
    Middle: 9
    08 G Burgess, Jason Clark…….Dave Tyrrell
    10 T Burgess, Zane Musgrove…Toby Rudolf
    13 S Burgess, Robbie Rochow…Cameron Murray.

    Edge: 6
    11 Kyle Turner…Tyrell Fuimaono, Jack Gosiewski
    12 John Sutton, Angus Crichton…Brett Greinke

    Please note that Connor Tracey has suffered an injury setback before officially joining us, He did his ACL again.

    Shane Richardson has mentioned that a new halfback will be signed up by this weekend.
    Eli Levido from Norths or perhaps Luke Kelly from the Eels.

    ONE more prop forward will also be added.
    I am still concerned that we don’t really have any
    Specialist Wingers!

    Some of our up and coming halves
    Eli Levido,
    Chad O’Donnell,

  10. 3hats

    I’m looking forward to seeing Braidon Burns, Robert Jennings, Tyrell Fuimaono, Brett Greinke and Brad Deitz (after your rap on him, or at least his award with the Bears).

    Also looking forward to seeing more of: Angus Crichton, Jack Gosiewski, Zane Musgrove and Hymel Hunt (who are all improving each game).

    I think it’s time to say good bye to: Bryson Goodwin and Dave Tyrrell.

    The “jury is still out” on: Jason Clark and Dane Nielson (but it is not looking go from where I sit).

    Most excited and can’t wait to see more of: Cody Walker (at 5/8), Damien Cook (at hooker NOT off the bench).

    Keen to see a return to their best form: Adam Reynolds, John Sutton, Sam Burgess and Greg Inglis (all had interrupted seasons due to injury). Also the TWINS need to recapture their 2014 form and STOP DROPPING THE BALL!

    Will be watching closely: Robbie Farah (hopefully at lock/relief hooker) and Robbie Rochow (who will probably be starting because he is not an impact player but rather an 80 min workhorse).

    Fingers crossed for: Kyle Turner (I went to school with his Dad, and also Nathan Merritt’s Dad) and I hope he can get back to the form he showed early in his career before Gallen’s crusher tackle changed his whole career path!

    “I am still concerned that we don’t really have any Specialist Wingers!”

    Not great depth for FB either which worries me and is more important (and I don’t see AJ make a go of it). IF Goolagong is not ready for first grade I think Madge will push Walker back there and put Sutton in to 5/8 (unless Cook gets a chance there).

    Thanks again for the update. Really appreciate it! Cheers.

    • You shouldn’t believe all the talk about errors, yes the boys made a few but they are always HIGHLIGHTED when your team loses!

      Overall Souths had the 2nd least handling errors of any club.
      Only 115. The Storm was the best with 112 errors only!
      The worst was the Roosters with 263 errors.

      Jack Wighton made the most errors with 41 errors.
      Sam made 28 errors, there were 9 players with a worse error count.

      BOTH George and Tom ONLY made 9 errors each ALL SEASON!
      There were 137 players who made 19 errors or MORE!

  11. 3hats

    I’m glad you’re our stats man for the Rabbitohs but I beg to differ re the Burgess Bros errors:

    “BOTH George and Tom ONLY made 9 errors each ALL SEASON!”

    I watched all games this year and all 3 Burgess’ kept turning the ball over a lot more than you suggest. During our run of losses Tom in particular seemed to have a handling error every game on his very first possession! If he didn’t lose the ball in the impact of the tackle (returning the ball from the kick off) he either lost it trying to off load or during the play the ball. Perhaps I’m doing George an injustice but Tom was definitely off and I remember thinking with those hands there goes any hopes he might have had of playing Tight End (TE) in the NFL! In fact he had no chance in any case but it just emphasised the point for me.

    To be fair (if you look at the dates of the articles below) I may be remembering more their performance up to mid-season.

    Tom Burgess had 17 handling errors in his 25 appearances (2015)

    9 June, 2016
    “According to the Daily Telegraph, in the past fortnight Burgess and his younger brother Tom have made 10 errors between them.”

    Jun. 6, 2016
    “According to Fox Sports Stats, Sam Burgess has made 15 errors in 11 games to ‘lead’ the way in the mistakes department, while Tom (eight games) and George (nine games) have given up the pill five and seven times respectively.”

    June 8, 2016
    “In the past fortnight alone, the English Test star (Sam) and younger brother Tom have made 10 errors between them — Sam with six and Tom, four.”
    “While halves traditionally boast the most errors at each club — with stars Gareth Widdop, Michael Morgan and Anthony Milford are all among the NRL top five — Burgess head the list at Souths, with three more than both Reynolds and Walker.”

    Player Games Tackles Hitups Run Mtrs Avg Mtrs/game Avg tkl/game Line Breaks

    Tom 19 467 225 2,122 111.68 24.58 2
    George 17 410 155 1,489 87.59 24.12 0
    Sam 24 806 390 3,427 142.79 33.58 5

    • Formatting didn’t work for the stats table at the bottom, you will have to edit in notepad to make sense of these. Bottom line is Georges numbers were down on avg. Tom was good but has to improve on this and Sam (as always) was phenomenal (except for handling until late in the season).

    • “There were 137 players who made 19 errors or MORE!”

      I forgot to mention, ALL Souths forwards look to Sam in particular and then also George and Tom to lead them. They set the standard and the other forwards follow them. When the Burgess’ started dropping the ball and having turn over after turn over, imagine the message that sends to the other forwards. When the Burgess’ started making errors/turn overs it started to spread to others in the team.

      ALL players at Souths need to work on their handling and ball control over the off season. It was one of the big things that let them down this year, giving the opposition possession and field position which more often than not, cost us.

  12. “Overall Souths had the 2nd least handling errors of any club.”

    I would like to know what these figures where prior to the Storm game. Out last 5 games of the season where exceptional and Souths hardly made any errors. I bet if you look at the average and take out the first 2 games of the season and the last 5 of the season it would look a lot worse.

    • You can’t just leave out 7 games worth of stats just to satisfy your own warped point of view!
      making out that we were worse than the rest.

      The season goes for 26 Rounds, EACH club plays 24 games.
      NOT 17 games.
      Rd 1, 2, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26 have to be included in the “OVERALL STATS”

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